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Asus V8420 Deluxe GeForce 4 Ti 4200 Review
A Ti 4200 For Gamers & Video Aficionados...

By - Robert Maloney
October 16, 2002

The Asus V8420 Deluxe is a bit of a paradox at first glance.  It could be assumed that this is a budget package.  After all, it does contain a card built on the NVIDIA GeForce 4 Ti 4200 chipset, technically the "low man on the totem pole" of the three cards in the GF4 Titanium series.  A closer examination reveals that Asus didn't just give you any board based on the Ti 4200 but a faster and more powerful version than most competitors. Then they threw together a bundle unmatched by most other companies. You want games?  How about two full versions of popular titles, plus another CD with 6 demos.  What about output options?  Asus includes a breakout box for video in and out that could be used for connection to a television and a splitter cable to use the DVI port for a second VGA monitor.  As if all this wasn't enough, you also get a set of stereoscopic glasses to make your gaming experience complete.

Have we gotten your attention yet?  We bet Asus did, so let's check out the nitty-gritty details and see if the actual product lives up to the feature bullet list.

Specifications and Features of the Asus V8420 Deluxe GF4 Ti4200
The gold at the end of the rainbow

     
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Asus V8420 Deluxe

  • 260MHz GeForce 4 Ti GPU
  • 15-pin VGA, S-Video In/Out, DVI-I
  • 256-bit Graphics Architecture
  • AGP Interface ? 4x/2x support

NVIDIA nfiniteFX II Engine:

  • Dual programmable Vertex Shaders, fast Pixel Shaders and 3D textures give developers the freedom to program a virtually infinite number of custom special effects never seen before and gives you the power to play true-to-life characters in hyper-realistic environments.

Lightspeed Memory Architecture II:

  • With 128-bit DDR Lightspeed Memory Architecture II provides nearly double the memory bandwidth of GeForce3.

Accuview Antialiasing Engine:

  • High-performance and stunning visual quality at high frame rates.

Output Jacks:

  • Standard 15-pin VGA
  • S-video jack - allows you to play on any size TV in your house with an s-video connector.
  • DVI-I port
  • Input jack for stereoscopic glasses

Cooling solution:

  • On-board active heat-sink cooling fan

Specifications:

  • Controller: NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4600
  • Memory 128MB 3.3ns Etrontech DDR  
  • Core Clock 260MHz
  • Memory Clock 550MHz
  • 350MHz internal RAMDAC
  • API Support Direct-X, Open GL ICD for Windows
  • Connectors VGA, DVI, S-Video In/Out
  • 4 Billion Texels/sec Fill Rate
  • 113 Million Vertices/sec
  • 8 GB/sec memory bandwidth

Features at a Glance:

  • AGP 4x compatible with fast writes
  • 256-bit 3D and 2D graphics accelerator
  • NVIDIA nView display technologies
  • Lightspeed Memory Architecture II
  • Accuview Antialiasing
  • High Definition Video Processing Engine
  • TV Out connector
  • DVI connector
  • Stereoscopic glasses for 3D gaming

Package Contents:

  • Asus V8420 GeForce 4 Ti 4200 video adapter
  • Stereoscopic 3D Glasses
  • "Breakout" box with video in/out options
  • DVI to DVI and VGA splitter cable
  • Aquanox and Midnight GT/Rage Rally CDs
  • Demo CD with 6 games
  • Driver & Utilities CD, Asus DVD 2000, Intervideo WinCoder, CyberLink VideoLive Mail
  • Manual

     

OK, I mentioned that this wasn't your run-of-the-mill GF4 Ti 4200. Let me explain. To begin with, the Core clock is set to 260MHz by default, 10MHz over the usual 250 that we have seen with other Ti 4200s. Next, instead of including 64MB of DDR memory, or even 128MB of "slower" RAM, they placed 128MB of 3.3ns Etrontech BGA DDR!  All of this was placed on a 8-layer purple PCB board that looks exactly like its big brothers, the 4400 and 4600. In fact, to the naked eye, one would be hard pressed to find a difference, as the layout is exactly the same. The snazzy looking gold-anodized heatsink with clear blades was a nice contrast from the purple PCB, and was attached to the card with two clips and what looked to be a perfect application of thermal paste.

As one can expect, on the bracket we found the usual kinds of ports, one for a VGA monitor, an S-Video connection, as well as DVI.  There is another input however, that is used for the Stereoscopic 3D glasses, which are included in the package. To use these glasses,  one must use the Asus enhanced 29.42 drivers found on the driver CD.   I guess that means that if you want to keep using these glasses, you would have to wait for Asus to update their video drivers rather than using the more frequent releases found on NVIDIA's site. NVIDIA does offer reference 3D Stereo drivers on their website, but we did not test them in this review. 

For the sake of testing, we installed the 29.42s from the CD, and then launched Aquanox, which is included in the package. I really must admit that the 3D glasses do enhance the 3D "feel" of the game, although I could only stand playing with them on for shorts periods of time.  We also watched one of the Comanche 4 demos with these glasses, but did not get the same 3D effect I felt in Aquanox.  There are tweaks to be mastered in the settings for these glasses, but for now I was satisfied.

Setup and Screen Shots 

Tags:  Asus, F4, GF, UX

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